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not so here in new york. just a mild, lovely 88. but very humid. be careful out there. pretty hot in the uk as this continues, this story here. written's prime minister will feel the heat as he answers questions from parliament about the phone hacking scandal. that's after media mogul rupert murdoch and his son testified yesterday. the bbc's nick robinson reports from london. >> reporter: the policemen, in case you wondered, are there to protect rupert and james murdoch, not take them in for questioning. the tycoon's wife windi was behind him offering physical and emotional support. his son and once heir apparent sat anxiously and protectively at his side throughout. >> i would like to say as well just how sorry i am and how sorry we are. >> reporter: they were sorry. they were humble. but who's fault was the criminality in their company? >> mr. rdoch, do you accept ultimately you are responsible for this whole fiasco? >> no. >> you are not responsible?
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who is responsible? >> the people that i trusted to run it and then maybe the people they trusted. >> reporter: who that was, he wouldn't say. >> this is not as an excuse. maybe it's an explanation. "the news of the world" is less than 1% of our company. i employ 53,000 people around the world. >> reporter: in recent years, news international which owned "the news of the world" was run day to day by james murdoch. he blamed the police, the press complaints commission, and a failed internal inquiry for his company's failure to reveal what had gone wrong. >> if i knew then what we know now, with the benefit of hindsight we can look at all these things. fy new then what we know now, we would have taken more action around that and moved fast irto get to the b btom of these allegations. >> reporter: then -- >> oh, oh! >> reporter: mayhem as parliamentary drama turned into a circus.
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the foam on the plate delivered by a member of the public. it was rewarded with a right hook from wife windi. we were no closer to knowing who. we did know that this is a day he did not enjoy. nick robinson, bbc news, westminster. the army psychiatrist charged in the ft. hood shootings is due in military court today. major nidal hasan is expected to inter a plea of not guilty. hasan does face the death penalty if convicted. abc news has learned a mission to hunt down one of the world's most feared terrorists has failed. that's after word that two top terrorists, the leader of al qaeda and also an american-born terror leader, are putting their forces together. here's abc's martha raddatz with exclusive details on a mission that went wrong. >> reporter: it is here on these dangerous streets where over the years we have watched al qaeda flourish, and leading them,
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anwar al awlaki, the terrorist officials say is most likely to launch the next successful attack against americans. last may, u.s. officials tell abc news that the u.s. military dispatched harrier jets, predator drones, and a special operations aircraft to follow a pickup truck in which al awlaki was a passenger. but this mission would be marred by what an official described as a series of errors. crews tracking awlaki were unable to keep the laser which guides the weapons homed in on the moving truck. the first missile came from the spspial operations aircraft. it missed. that gave awlaki time to call additional al qaeda operatives for help. more missiles were fired from the harriers and predator. a huge fireball engulfed the truck. but u.s. military trackers sat stunned as they watched the truck drive right out of the
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fireball to safety. the aircraft tried to keep tracking awlaki but between the cloud cover and confusion in the air awlaki managed to switch vehicles. when the u.s. finally did hit the original truck, after three failed missile strikes, two of his operatives were killed but awlaki disappeared. still the number one target. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. some lighter news now, an amazing sight in an east los angeles neighborhood. a stolen car slammed into a fire hydrant, shearing it off and sending a geyser of water more than 100 feet into the air yesterday. it took crews more than two hours to finally shut off all that water. two homes had to be evacuated. the drivers actually suffered some head injuries. he was taken to the hospital and then as you can imagine was arrested. >> a lot of wasted water there. >> at least they kept cool. >> probably some places in the country would have appreciated a
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cool-down. the hunt for casey anthony shows no signs of slowing down. a woman who looked a lot like anthony was seen getting off of a plane at orlando's executive airport yesterday, running into a building, covering her head with a blanket. she was wearing the same kind of clothing that anththy had on when she left jail on sunday. but her attorney says this woman is not casey anthony. it was all a practical joke. >> i don't think she'll be going back to orlando of all places. that's probably a safe bet. believe it or not another casey anthony look-alike surfaced at kentucky's bluegrass fair. >> this one, though, was especially attractive to those unhappy with the outcome of that trial. they were able to take out their frustrations by throwing balls trying to sink her in the dunk tank. >> the organizers say it's all in good fun but you have to admit they are making a publicity splash. >> you see there quite a line. a lot of people there saying -- >> oh, yeah, man. people are all riled up. >> they've got the signs, very formal. >> people are getting into it.
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elisabeth leamy took to the wheel to see how it works. >> reporter: this car is only going 6-mile-per-hours. but just look at the damage done. >> altogether we're talking here the headlamp, the hood, the grille and everything, over $4,000 in damage. >> reporter: low-speed rear-enders are the most common kind of crash. and volvo city safety system may be the solution. >> okay, you guys are ready? >> reporter: cruising down the test track at 10 miles an hour, i deliberately take my eyes off the road like a distracted driver. but an infrared laser in the windshield senses the car in front of me and the vehicle itself firmly applies the brakes. >> okay, and there we go. >> reporter: take a closer look. i fight the urge and keep my foot far away from the brake. once again, the vehicle stops itself. a good 12 inches before impact. a dashboard message alerts me that city safety kicked in. is in the next big thing?
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>> we think it is the next big thing. we want to prevent crashes before they happen if we can. and we do have a lot of new technology like volvo city safety that can help drivers to avoid crashes. >> reporter: by comparing ininrance claims from volvoss that are equipped with city safety to other cars that are not, the institute determined that the system eliminates more than one-quarter of low-speed crashes. >> there is always the risk that the technology could make a mistake. but it's much more likely that a human could make a mistake because we're all so easily distracted. >> reporter: volvo will make city safety standard in four models by 2012. meanwhile, other car companies are racing to bring their own futuristic self-braking technology into the present. elisabeth leamy, abc news. >> just a few questions. one, does it work in rough weather, heavy rain, snow or ice? what if you're going 80? already viewers are weighing in.
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run upwards of $20,000 a year. >> when you leave my studio, you can go immediately to disney world in orlando. you can go move to new york city and get a broadway show right out of high school. you can go to vegas and be a showgirl. >> reporter: we caught up with the coach, her pupils, and their moms in las vegas. where the group is competing in the thunderstruck dance tour. when do you have time to play? when do you have time to be a kid? >> never. >> as long as i'm having fun and i still have my friends i don't care. >> do you ever feel like sometimes you just want to say, you know what, mom, leave me alone, this is my life, let me do what i want to do? >> yes. >> a lot. >> what does your mom say? response? >> she says, i'm just trying to help you. >> reporter: these tiny dancers are here to compete. and this brings out the competitive spirit in their dance moms. >> do you think your moms are over the top? or obsessed? >> what do you mean by that? >> are they just too involved in your lives if. >> they're just like normal dance moms.
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>> yeah. >> i think every dance mom would do that. >> it does make them look crazy. >> reporter: crazy or not, the pressure cooker of the dance life can cause stress at home. >> my ex to be claims that dance has ruined our marriage. >> reportete and at school. >> i do find myself at times, you know, putting dance before school. and it's probably not right. >> reporter: and one of the biggggt criticisms these mothers face is that the sexy costumes and makeup are just too much for these young girls. >> what do you think when people make a comparison between this and "toddlers in tiaras"? >> the beauty aspect, the costumes, the hair, the makeup, that's one glimpse of their whole experience. >> my husband supports my daughter very much. he doesn't always agree that she's in the right place. >> he doesn't like fake eyelashes? >> no. there's nothing my husband hates more than seeing his little girl dressed unlike a little girl.
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> all right, if you're one of the healthy eaters out there, this is not your ststy. >> oh my goodness. horrifying. >> there's been something they call the extreme eating awards which basically ranks the fattest meals i in america. >> all on one plate. if you want to eat a calorie-dense meal this is it. >> from cheesecake factory, cheese, fried egg, more than 1,500 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat, and more than 3,200 milligrams of sodium. also this. the denny's meltdown, which is four fried mozzarella sticks, melted american cheese, 1,300
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calories, 21 grams saturated fat, 3,000 milligrams of sodium. cold stone shakedown. ice cream, pecans, brownie, fudge, caramel, almost 1,600 calories, 42 grams of saturated fat. another one with peanut butter, chocolate and pilling, 2,000 calories and 68 grams of fat. again at the cheesecake factory, red velvet cake, which is two slices of cheesecake and two slices of red velvet cake, 1,500 calories, 59 grams of saturated fat. that is three days' worth of fat. >> three days' worth of fat in one indulgence. that is truly advertise disgusting to think about. you're eating a week's worth of calories -- >> that mozzarella thing sounds good. >> yesterday we were talking about this walking and texting at the same time in philly which we've aun seen people not watching where they're going. it's not true that they are going to ticket people for walking and texting at the same time. the deputy mayor is saying that in philadelphia they will give
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you a warning. so far about 600 bicyclists, 100 motorists have been warned to pay attention, stop texting while walking or riding their bike and be more careful. the ticketing thing is not true. there were some erroneous news reports and we wanted to correct it up. text and walk in philly and be relaxed. tae bo. have you ever done this exercise? kicking and all this crazy stuff. >> billy, remember him. >> apparently -- there you go. them music. there was a building in south korea, doing a tae bo class, on the 12th floor of a 39-story building. i don't know who was in this class, the jumping around was so intense the building started to shake. >> i was there. >> people had to run out of the building, they thought it was s earthquake. >> watch. >> be careful with that leg. be careful in your tae bo class, don't freak out the people beneath you. >> if you're making the building feel like it's an earthquake you're getting a workout. >> what size are the people in this room that the building was
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shaking? >> i think they were really into it. haven't you ever done tae bo? >> no, i avoid exercise. >> this song especially, get
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this morning on "world news now," tycoon's testimony. how media mogul rupert murdoch and his son answered tough questions before members of the british parliament. >> and how the man with a shaving cream pie and his dramatic interruption are now grabbing all the headlines. it is wednesday, july 20th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm rob nelson. while rupert murdoch and his son apologized for the phone hacking scandal we cannot get over that dramatiagraramatic moment when a shaving cream pie interrupted and how rupert murdoch's wife jumped in and stopped -- she
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actually slapped him hard. you can see her hand in the air about to go for it. >> in fact fell to the ground afterwards. she hit him so hard. a lot of people are saying this was probably the best thing that could have happened because it sort of deflected from the moment. >> oh, yes. >> in the series of what was going on. quite a shocking moment there. >> never dull. >> never dull, that's for sure. also coming up this morning the stagnant and oppressive hot air mass that has put about half the country into the danger zone. just norts of the border a rainstorm that brought some relief actually did not, however. take a look at how this sewer blew up causing a real mess in montreal. >> oh, man. this heat is crazy. i heard last night 1,000 records across the country broken in this month alone. some folks won't feel any relief until the end of the month. >> some people so desperate for rain. first the crazy winter, then a crazy spring, then a super-hot summer. >> mother nature. nothing to play with. later in the show what a tremendous odyssey for three elephants in danger of being tracked down and killed in
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africa. how they actually made it to safety here in the u.s. good story. >> the pachyderms. >> looks good. all right, first britain's ime minister is on the hot seat today in the phone hacking scandal. david cameron cut short a trip to africa in order to answer questions from parliament. >> of course it would be hard to top the drama that unfolded when rupert murdoch and his son testified. abc's scott goldberg explains why. >> reporter: it was about two hours into the hearing when a man apparently carrying a shaving cream pie, stormed rupert murdoch and called him a greedy billionaire. murdoch's wife sprang to action. police handcuffed the attacker. murdoch was shaken but okay. it was the point of highest drama in a civil but tense exchange with british lawmakers. >> this is the most humbled day of my life. >> reporter: both murdoch and his son james apologized for the phone hacking scandal that's threatening the core of their company. >> these actions do not live up to the standards that our company aspires to everywhere
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around the world. >> reporter: news corporation has been reeling for two weeks since the murdochs shut down the british tabloid "news the world." that was after allegations its employees illegally hacked into the voice mail of celebrities, politicians, and a 13-year-old murder victim. >> murdoch, do you accept ultimately you are responsible for this whole fiasco? >> no. >> reporter: murdoch and his son said she did not know employees paid hush money to settle lawsuits. 9/11 victims in the u.s. had their voice mail hacked. the woman who ran murdoch newspapers also said she was sorry. >> of course there were mistakes made in the past. >> reporter: the scandal will in the end in this hearing in parliament. there's a criminal probe under way in britain. the u.s. justice department also will investigate news corporation to see if american employees engaged in a conspiracy to pay bribes to british police. scott goldberg for abc news, new york. >> his wife has a pretty interesting background. >> she's got an interesting
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background. a bit on the tabloid side. you saw her sort of stand up and defend him instantly. in facac take a look at this. it's another shot of this person who brought the shaving cream pie so to speak. maybe she would have gotten -- there's wendi dang, four years older than her stepson. >> like a 40-year age gap. she's four years older than his stepson. got married in 1999. lucky he married aounger woman because he had someone to save him. >> she sprang into action, his infamous ego saying, nope, i have no blame to shoulder here. look what happened as well to news corp. stock price during murdoch's testimony, it kept ticking higher. at the end of the day shares rose more than 5%. the company restored more than $2.5 billion. that's a fraction of the $8 billion lost since the scandal first broke. and now here at home to washington where president obama says that it's time to talk turkey now that a debt deal is in sight.
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as that august 2nd deadline looms. it is getting closer and closer. >> days away now. ll street though liked the progress. the dow jones jumped more than 200 points. abc's john hendren has the very latest. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. americans are getting downright angry with washington over the debt crisis. president obama says there's now reason to hope it could all be over. across the nation, voters are fed up with all sides in the debt crisis. >> they need to get off the dime. >> we've had enough and we want you to work together. >> get it done for god's sake. >> reporter: now, at last, there may be hope for an 11th hour break in the impasse. >> i think we now are seeing the potential for a bipartisan consensus. >> reporter: a bipartisan group of senators -- the gang of six -- has crafted a plan that would include cuts to entitlements, medicare, medicaid, and social security, and close tax loopholes. >> my hope is that we can start gathering everybody over the next couple of days to choose a clear direction and to get this issue resolved. >> reporter: on wall street,
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stocks rallied within minutes as investors seized on the newfound hope of agreement that would raise the nation's credit limit before the government runs out of money on august 2nd. around the time the p psident spoke inside the white house, outside, partisan warfare continues as freshmen republicans rally accusing the president of failing to come up with a map of his own. >> we needour plan. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: house members passed a republican measure that would raise the nation's credit limit, cut $2.4 trillion in spending, and require a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. >> he gets his increase. in the debt limit. of $2.4 trillion. what we get are real cuts in spending and real reforms in place that will make sure that this problem never, ever happens again. >> reporter: that house plan is pure political theater. it has no chance of getting passed in the democratic senate. and president obama has vowed to veto it. minnesota lawmakers have convened for a special showdown hoping to end an almost three
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week long state government shut-down. the republican-controlled legislature needs to approve nine budget bills. those bills must be signed by the democratic governor benefit the state can get back to normal. the hope is that some of the 22,000 state workers laid off during the shut-down can actually return to work this week. republicanresidential hopeful michele bachmann insists that her headaches will not affect her ability to serve in the white house as president. on the campaign trail in south carolina, bachmann said that like 30 million other americans, she does suffer from migraines. she also said that they are easily controlled by prescription medication. 75 former pro football players are now suing the nfl because of game-related concussions. the league is accused of intentionally hiding the harmful effects of concussions for 90 years. according to tmz, the nfl had been aware of the risks to a player's brain since the 1920s. but the league did not acknowledge the risk of brain damage until just last year. philadelphia eagles quarterback michael vick appeared on capitol hill to push
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his anti-dogfighting message. vick backs legislation to prohibit attendance at organized animal fights with extra penalties for allowing minors to attend. vick served 18 months in prison on dog-fighting charges. he says he does not want children to repeat his mistakes. many of you don't need us to tell you this but more than 30 states are simmering under a lingering wave of hot, humid air. in central eight the heat index topped 131 degrees. unbelievablele more heat-related decembers are now being reported. abc's matt gutman is in oklahoma city where they've hit triple digits almost every day this month. >> reporter: the deadly heat battering the country's midsection has so far set or broken 1,000 records this month alone. it kicked up this towering dust storm in phoenix and left roads buckling on highways from texas all the way to minnesota. abc's chris bury spoke to its camp director. >> this is the hottest record,
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ttest week on record here at camp tanaduna. >> reporter: the heat stirred up this soupy fog. dangerous enough to chase swimmers from lake michigan. this noaa map shows the heat gobbling up most of the country like a virus. on average, the heat kills more americans than hurricanes or tornados. here in oklahoma city, five highways buckled this month. last year, zero. >> you have that concrete that's expanding in extreme heat. and of course it doesn't have any place to go. you can't go down because of the base. so it has no choice but to pop up. >> reporter: and k ks with no choice but to head indoors. >> let's go, too hot. >> reporter: how hot is it? we took this t-bone out of the fridge. we're going to see if we can cook it on the dashboard of this car. i parked it ten minutes ago. and already the dashboard reads 151 degrees. we came back about two hours
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later. about 195 degrees. experts say this is cooked enough to eat. now this is the said steak. can't say i could eat it myself but it is cooked probably medium-well. bad news for oklahoma, six or seven more days of triple-digit heat lie ahead. matt gutman, abc news, oklahoma city. >> mm. >> i wouldn't eat that steak either. >> looks tasty. >> doesn't look like a good idea. in montreal, it's not the heat but it's actually the rain that's causing problems. so much rain that the rush of water created a powerful street geyser. as you can see it blew off a manhole cover, take e look at, this lifted this car off the pavement. wait for it, wait for it. there you go. now the bystander who took the video said the car was badly damaged. i would say so. forecasters say the 2 inches of rain fell in less than 15 minutes. if your car's doing that and not on purpose, you're probably on a geyser. >> oh, man. what a summer. >> it's just crazy. >> we need a calm few months.
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>> 2 inches of rain in 15 minute prs. >> let's take a look at what's going to happen today in the forecast. on top of this oppressive heat, you can expect afternoon thunderstorms in indianapolis, nashville, atlanta, jacksonville, and houston. also we have hail, gusty winds and a chance of tornados from fargo to duluth. and thunderstorms in the desert southwest. showers around portland and seattle, no shock they are. >> 80s in the northern rockies. 108 in phoenix. 90s in dallas. the twin cities, kansas city, and chicago. 88 here in the big apple. more 90s from baltimore to new orleans. if you think that life on the farm is conservative and perhaps a little bit confining, think again. this is a whole gift kind of farming. >> austria's young farmers association is coming out with its calendar for next year and it is anything but conservative. hey, girl. the pinup-style calendar features both women and men promoting a more modern -- pretty modern -- image of agricultural workers.
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>> you have to trademark that. hey, girl. that's your signature phrase. >> that works more than you think late at night. >> we are told it's distributed all over the world, this calendar. you can see why it's sold out every year for the last 12 years. i like that it's equal opportunity. both the good-looking young, attractive male farmersrsnd good-looking young, attractive female farmers. >> i'll get you that for christmas. more "world news now" coming up. you go next if you had a d hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround., tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround., when we say you're free to see the world, we mean it. call today and get a free overound information kit, that includes a video and full color brochure. dennis celorie: "it's by far the best chair i've ever owned." terri: "last year, 9 out of 10 people got their hoveround for "little or no monene" jim plunkitt: "no cost. absolutely no cost to me."
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♪ i'm a rocket man >> sing it, peggy. >> i'm supposed to talk it. i was having a moment. it is going to be the last full day in space for the crew of "atlantis." they are set to land one final time tomorrow. should be an exciting morning for us as they blast off back here to earth. >> end of an era for country for
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sure. astronauts already left the international space station. the bbc's jonathan amos has the details. >> "atlantis" departing international space station for the last time. >> reporter: the bell sounds on the the space station to mark a departing ship. the "atlantis" shuttle firing its thrusters to push away from the platform one last time. the international space station was built by the shuttle over the past decade. and emotions were running high as it prepared to leave its creation. >> when a generation accomplishes a great thing it's got a right to stand back and for just a moment admire and take pride in its work. >> reporter: before the shuttle undocked there had been a fond farewell between the "atlantis" crew and those left behind on the station. the doors between them were sealed with be a historic memento. an american flag flown on the first-ever shuttle mission. before heading home "atlantis" photographed the space station from new angles, assessing the 400-ton complex which has to operate in the harshest
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environment. it will land in florida on thursday. and nasa will officially close its shuttle program 30 days later. >> so fergie, chunky, sandy and rex, get her home safely and enjoy the last couple of days in space shuttle. >> atlantis." >> to the whole team it's been an incredible ride. >> reporter: jonathan amos, bbc news. >> very cool. this landing will take place tomorrow which will sort of happen on our shift. we'll be watching this every single moment. tomorrow will be 42 years ago to the day that astronauts neil armstrong and buzz aldrin walked on the moon. and that time we did it too. >> that was our little vacation, a little time from the show. we'll be right back, everybody, don't go far.
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pittsburgh, what comes to mind? perhaps the steelers or heinz ketchup. >> ketchup. >> more likely than not, not elephants. >> probably not. wtae's sally wigan reports on three big elephants and their big trip to pittsburgh. >> reporter: tandy, sini and zakiri. accompanied by the handlers with whom they grew up. a man whose children watched a documentary about culling in south africa. population cononol which killed adults and left youngsters orphaned. >> please, daddy, mommy, we've got to stop this from happening, can we please do something? >> reporter: in 1992, udum and his wife created an elephant orphanage on their botswana farm for these three elephants. >> the best thing we could have done. children, thank you for that. >> reporter: several years later the elephants were moved to a nature reserve. then when sexually mature, they were moved to a camp in botswana's delta. that's where last year a handler was injured while working one of the elephants. and because of the camp's
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remoteness, died. >> the incident and an injury that in pittsburgh they wouldn't even have kept him oveveight in the hospital. >> reporter: that is where the zoo came in. udum's d dghter, work at disney, learned of the icc and called dr. baker. baker and a multi-national team leapt into action. the botswana government had given the elephants a reprieve but they had toe exported. >> we had never done anything of this magnitude before. you're talking about moving three animals from two continents, three countries, here to the icc. to try to work through all the kinks, all the permits, all the transfers, getting a plane that's big enough. >> reporter: it took these crates, a 747, a 20-hour flight, cranes, and a big truck. >> it was a long trip but they went through it very well, ey came off the truck, they were very calm, they were very relaxed, everything was just -- you couldn't have i think wrote the script any better. >> it was a leap of faith. we arrived and i looked around at this wonderful environment. i thought, now it's god's own
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country for these elephants. >> those are three lovely ladies. they're going to be under quarantine for 60 to 90 days. if their health is okay they're going to meet tyson, the zoo's male elephant. he's going to say -- >> hey, girl.
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and then -- >> oh my god, it's justin bieber! oh my god! >> reporter: that's right, the kid in the t-shirt is the real justin b bber. no invitation, no warning, no problem in this clip from tmz. >> so we just crashed it. we didn't really know what was going on. we heard a party. so we decided to just come. >> reporter: he says he was going for a walk on the beach with his girlfriend selena gomez when he heard his own music blaring and decided to become the sort of wedding crasher few people ever get. the kind people actually want. >> let's party. >> i was singing on the microphone his song "one time" that i love. all of a sudden i felt a tap on my shoulder. >> i saw her crying. i was like, oh my gosh! >> reporter: in a coincidence so strange we didn't even believe it at first, the bride's cousin, an obsessed justin bieber fan, had a surprise meeting with him earlier this year courtesy of "the ellen degeneris show."
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>> oh my god, i love you. >> thank you. >> my cousin was screaming. i put my hand over my mouth. i was in shock. i couldn't say anything. >> reporter: he didn't stick around long. only about five or ten minutes. juju enough to give rob mccool and janine holdgren a one of a kind wedding photo and bragging rights to one of the world's great wedding crasher stories. >> rob, you just met justin bieber, what are you going to do next? >> i'm going to disney land! >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news. >> they're actually not going to disneyland, they're going to graceland. that's where they're going for their honeymoon, the couple. >> i don't get the whole bieber craze but i think it's very cool he had a human moment, unrehearsed, crashed the party. >> you don't have bieber fever? >> i am not a teenage girl. i think it's cool he did that, good for him. >> if you ever get married and bieber crash your reception wouldn't you be psyched? >> janet jackson or beyonce, crash my wedding. >> if beyonce crashes yours you're going to be in trouble.
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>> that would be -- choices, choices.
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this morning on "world news now," parliament pie. the shaving cream hoax that interrupted serious testimony by media mogul rupert murdoch and his son. >> they apologized for the one-hacking scandal that is threatening their entire corporate dynasty. it's wednesday, july 20th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good wednesday morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. rupert murdoch has his wife, wendi deng, as you saw the man with the shaving cream pie, and stopped him. what a moment that was. and there was a lot of tense questioning going on. also this answer session
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definitely interrupted as everybody saw the kerfuffle, skafuffle, take place. >> brave word choice for 2:00 a.m. fascinating story. quite a scene there in parliament yesterday. >> fun to get me giggling. also this half hour a pennsylvania guy who thought he had d vered all his bases, this moron, while trying to break into an atm. he brought a sledgehammer, covered up the camera, but left empty-hand. wait till you hear the rest of the story. do you know the movie "barbershop," you can't bust into the atm machine? my the only one that paid attention? >> i thought the whole thing was to chain it up and tow it behind the pickup. that was the new thing. get the standalone atm and pull it along behind you. >> criminals these days aren't thinking. >> didn't work out. also coming up a little bit later, remember that north carolina woman who was michael jordan's high school sweetheart? ed what the prom picture, the whole nine yards. there she is. an auction house sold an old love letter of hers. we are sharing now a heart-warming chapter of the saga in our favorite story of the day.
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everybody said, get this woman back her love letter. she couldndn believe she saw them up on ebay. she thought she still had possession of them. >> michael's written many love letters. i'm glad they got one of them back. first the dramatic developments as rupert murdoch testified before british lawmakers and the 80-year-old media tycoon nearly took a shaving cream pie to the face. >> how about there. during his testimony, murdoch said he was humbled and ashamed but he took no direct responsibility for the hacking scandal. abc's jeffrey kofman covered that hearing in london. >> reporter: james murdoch was about to answer a question when suddenly on the left it was so fast it was hard to see what happened. look again slowly. a man with a paper plate covered in shaving cream takes aim at rupert murdoch. muttering "you greedy billionaire." the woman in pink, murdoch's 42-year-old wife, wendi deng, slaps the assailant. who falls backwards. the man, a self-described comic, was arrested. this is a day rupert murdoch and his son did not want to see.
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they were summoned to answer questions from politicians about the scandal that has rocked this country. >> do you have anything you want to say to the victims of phone hacking? >> reporter: allegations of widespread criminal activity by reporters at murdoch's now-shuttered tabloid "the news of the world" and a cover-up involving politicians and the police. listen to this, from a man infamous for his ruthlessness and his arrogance. >> this is the most humble day of my life. >> reporter: rupert murdoch, born in australia, age 80, an american citizen, presides over a global empire worth $33 billion in revenue. father of six children from three marriages, he's the boss, but the buck does not stop with him. and he is not planning to step aside. >> because i feel that people i've trusted betrayed the company and me and it's for them to pay. i think that frankly i'm the best person to clean this up. >> reporter: at his side, james. born in london, age 38, an
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american citizen. runs company operations in europe and asia. when he was younger he was the family rebel. now, if he can hold on, he'll take over from his dad. >> if i knew then what we know now, we would have taken more action around that and moved faster to get to the bottom of these allegations. >> reporter: it was james who did most of the talking. coming to his father's aid as he stumbled. and what about the woman who saved her husband from humiliation? she is wendi deng, born in china, four years older than her stepson, an american citizen. she became rupert murdoch's third and fiercely loyal wife in 1999. the other thing that we heard over and over from murdoch, father and son, was that they simply didn't know what was going on at "the news of the world." they had no idea of the alleged widespread criminality that has now come out. they insist had they known they would have moved long ago to stop it. jeffrey kofman, abc news, london. >> and this story is not
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stopping. the london newspaper "the guardian" is reporting members of parliament may release a report today that says murdoch's company tried to deliberately block a criminal investigation into the phone hacking at "news of the world." here we go again. >> interesting to hear denial saying they knew absolutely nothing about this because most people that have worked with rupert murdoch say he's heavily involved with every aspect of the different papers and television, that sort of thing. it raises eyebrows that they could say, have no idea. >> these stories, scoops, photos. no questions ever about how did you get it? we'll see where it goes. >> very questionable. stocks overseas have followed wall street into higher territory this morning over word there could be a federal debt deal. the plan is being offered by a group of senators from both parties. it would seek an immediate $500 billion down payment on cutting the deficit. they're working towards cutting $4 trillion over 10 years. >> my hope is that we can start gathering everybody over the next couple of days to choose a clear direction and to get this issue resolved.
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>> republicans in the house passed the so-called cut, cap and balance plan to resolve the debt crisis. but president obama has already said he will veto the bill if it ever reached his desk. president obama says he supports legislation that would ovovturn a 15-year-old law defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. proponents of same-sex marriage say today's senate hearing on the respect for marriage act is an important first step. the bill would allow all lawfully married couples to receive federal marriage benefits and protections. that includes same-sex couples married in states where such unions are legal. at least 14 people are under arrest accused of a cyber attack on a well-known payment service website. investigators say that the 14 suspects tried to hack into pay pal's computer system. the suspects were then rounded up worldwide. two were arrested in the u.s. investigators say the hackers were retaliating against pay pal for shutting down wikileaks accounts after wikileaks posted classified government documents back in november.
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police in pennsylvania are trying to track down a man who tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal from an atm. he didn't use a bank card but he came armed with some heavy tools, including a s sngle ripper and a 14-pound sledgehammer. wtae's jennifer miele reports from pittsburgh. >> reporter: this is surveillance video from m e new stananton branch of the first commonwealth bank. the man with the tools thinks he's covering his tracks. watch as the screen goes black. that's him spray painting the camera inside the atm. but he didn't realize another camera is pointed directly at him. and it captures his every move for more than ten minutes. he struggles to pry open the machine, giving each one of those tools a try. and he got away with? >> zero. not only, that he left his tools. for all that work that he was doing he decided to leave. and he left his tools behind. probably an exhausting effort, actually. you could see how vigorously
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he's working at this. he's probably physically exhausted trying to get into this machine. >> reporter: he walked away without any money but caused more than $20,000 worth of damage to the atm. >> he's beating on the machine, he's trying to get at the safe. the safe is obviously very secured. with him being there for over ten minutes he's still unable to get into the safe. >> reporter: if police find him he'll be charged with felony criminal mischief and attempted theft. >> got to respect persistence on one hand but come on, man. ten minutes? >> shingle ripper? usually there's more than one camera the a the atms. >> these days? oh, man. >> didn't really cover your bases that well. oh, boy. >> better luck next time, dude. the ongoing heat wave is keeping road crews busy across the midwest and the south. a highway in eastern iowa is among many that buckled in the heat, causing severe traffic problems. repair crews are having trouble keeping up. in parts of iowa yesterday, the heat index topped 131 degrees. in that part of the country, as we say around here in new york, it's not just the heat, it's the
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humidity. that's what we say, especially when your hair goes whoo. >> that is the truth. >> it is the humidity. here's your wednesday weather now. heat watches, warnings and advisories in more than 30 states. from the dakotas to the east coast. severe storms with a chance of tornados from fargo to duluth. scattered thunderstorms from minneapolis to jacksonville including much of the gulf coast and more rain in the rockies. >> a day for the beach or the pool. that's for sure. phoenix hits a hot 108. albuquerque 93. salt lake city 86. upper 90s in the twin cities, chicago, and dallas. mostly 90s along the east coast. anyone who has hit the links dreams of sinking a hole in one. and let's face it. most golfers never come close. i'm pretty good at putt putt. >> that's never going to happen to me that's for sure. 6-year-old reagan kennedy already has her ace. she was golfing with her dad on a course in illinois when she aced an 85-yard shot on the 3rd hole. >> cameras unfortunately though did not catch the moment. but the whole family is bragging
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about it. reagan's been golfing since she was 2 years old. now that she's aced a hole in one she says her next goal is to beat her dad. she seems to be well on her young. that young already? >> that's my kind of golf. i got a hole in one, nobody saw it but i got it. >> i would want some proof, yeah. >> she has a great swing though. >> do you play? >> i'm horrible but i try. >> i just drive the cart. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this.
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well, the baby boomers are at the again. they've been shaking things up for decades. why change now as they enter retirement? >> exactly.
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the latest institution getting a boomer makeover is marriage. as abc's claire shipman reports more boomer retirees choose to be together but apart. >> reporter: side by side through life, hand in hand growing older. that was supposed to be the best thing about retirement. right? think again. meet the chatfields. jane chatfield thriviv on the rich bustle of city life. >> i love i suppose first of all being around young people. all those young ponytails bobbing up and down as they stay in shape. the rowers on the river. that's gorgeous. >> reporter: she and her husband john spent most of their marriage a team. upon retirement, they looked toward maine, his favorite haunt. >> we had the first conversations about retirement to maine sometime before we were married. >> reporter: a funny thing happened on the way to a full-time existence there. he loved it, she didn't, especially the winters. jane decided to make cambridge, massachusetts, her winter home. >> there are times when i miss her very, very much.
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>> do you think your relationship has grown stronger because of this arrangement? >> i think i've been less wimpy. i realize ththtime we're together, i can be more articulate about what i really need or want or would like. and i think you respect me more because of that. >> well, it's certainly true. >> i can beat you up. >> it's a different generation of women that want to have a voice. it's no longer just adjusting to the husband's retirement. i think we're going to see more living together but apart. >> reporter: and the chatfields aren't alone. while jim is at home pursuing his passions -- working at a museum or biking -- susan's in honduras, volunteering for months at a time. or living in san antonio, helping underprivileged kids. the lesson? >> if your spouse is truly happy and content in their heart, your relationship is extremely strong. >> reporter: the rosses
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celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this week. maybe this sort of separation is going to be good for marriage vows. that could b bgood news because one-third of boomers say they can't agree on where they want to retire. but an even bigger percentage say they can't agree on a financial plan. next in our series, money. claire shipman, abc news, washington. >> boy. money's the big one. >> always. >> that's the main cause of vorces, financial arguments, couples can't agree on a budget, that sort of thing. >> that's like the i ia you've been married awhile, you still are individual enough to say, i like to do my summers here, i like to do my thing over here. we're still together but we're separate people. i think that's an important lesson. >> i can see how that would work for some couples but not other couples like if you have twins. >> oh! i look like grady, you look like sophia from "the golden girls." >> turns out i do not age well. >> oh, man. i love our graphics.
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that was good. >> all right. >> bea arthur. she divorced tiger woods, dated somebody new, and discovered quite a surprise. can this girl catch a break? a very well known former anchor of this show is putting skin in today's "skinny." stay with us.
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sounding good there. >> thank you, thank you. >> time for "the skinny" on this wednesday morning. we're starting out with a little bit of elin nordegren news. tiger woods' ex, gorgeous ex. >> elin, yes. >> she was totally blind-sided by the tiger woods scandal. turns out she's dating her new boyfend, jamie dingman, he's been around the block a time or two. well, see there on the screen. that's rachel uchitel, one of the alleged tiger woods mistresses. apparently her payout from tiger was 10 million bucks. we know from some real estate news her in new york she got like a $3 million apartment on park avenue. apparently there was some sort of payout. turns out this new boyfriend, jamie dingman, had a fling with rachel uchitel that elin is just
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finding out about. and so she's sort of wondering if this guy's yet another tiger. >> rachel, she stays busy. she's in the scene, let's put it that way. >> she's definitely in the scene. we were sort of listing all the people she's been hooked up with that we've heard about and the list was long. yeah. >> she can't catch a break. tiger, then this guy. >> i know. and she's such a -- we haven't heard much from her. she's been doing a good job of keeping a low profile. >> for the kids and that's good. >> yeah. >> you may remember former anchor of "world news now," the one and only anderson cooper. >> cooper used to do this job, yeah? >> apparently he's on -- what ever happened to him? you don't hear much. apparently he tweeted something very interesting. apparently he's on vacation. this is anderson like you've never seen him before. >> check it out. >> he is covered in mud there. he says he tweeted yesterday, you go to the top of the volcano and go into the warm mud, it's really weird and fun, colombia is a beautiful country. apparently he's vacationing in colombia, draping himself in mud, and tweeted it to his 1.4 million followers. >> this wouldn't be the first time, though, that we see him in
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sort of an interesting getup. take a look at this. >> gee, when they told me a leather gift i was thinking more in terms of an attache case or a wallet. >> trust me, this is the latest in leather gear. >> really? why do you sound familiar? >> barry, of course. it's me. >> anderson! what are you doing here? >> i work for -- the whole reality show thing didn't work out for me. so i'm working here at the leather place. >> yes indeed. barry mitchell, the polka guy, and anderson in the leather shop apparently called the noose. i think that clip speaks for itself. >> "world news now" people like you've never seen them before. we talked about charlie sheen's ex brooke mueller. she's had a lot of struggles with drugs and alcohol. she went to rehab then had a relapse. she was going to mexico to get this special drug ibogaine. apaprently she couldn't get on the plane when she went to go to the mexican rehab because she couldn't find her passport. so that is to be continued. they're trying to get her an emergency passport so she can get to that rehab. >> lots of rumors there about katy perry and russell brand
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breaking up. apparently katy went on to twitter and said, do not believe it, we're just fine, and the marriage apparently is solid. she went out there and wrote what you see there on your screen. privacy is our luxury, we don't need to flaunt our relationship.
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the military psychiatrist charged in the 2009 ft. hood shootings is due in court this afternoon for arraignment. nidal malik hasan is accused of killing 13 people. american airlines is expected to announce it's ordering hundreds of new jets to replace those in its aging fleet. both boeing and airbus can expect orders. good news there. houston rockets all-star center yao ming just announced his retirement at a newsws conference in shanghai. he's struggled with injuries during the past few years. that will be sad to see him go. >> yeah, prominent player. finally this half hour an update on once was and now again
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is our what? our favorite story of the day. a story we told you about two week ago. we told you about a woman who was michael jordan's high school sweetheart. >> i love their prom picture. it's the best. she found her love letters from jordan online and they were up for auction at the time. as wtvd's alina machado reports, she's getting those letters back. >> i see my letter and i'm thinking, what in the world? >> reporter: that was laquetta robinsns more than two weeks ago talking about the moment she realized someone had stolen this love letter michael jordan wrote to her when they dated in the '80s. the note from this prom picture landed and nabbed thousands in auction in 2004. robinson told us the items were stolen and sold without her permission. and her story went national. >> i guess i didn't see why it would draw the kind of attention it has drawn. >> reporter: we caught up with robinson after receiving this e-mail from nate d. sanders auctions. the l.a.-based auction house told us they recently purchased the stolen love letters and wanted to return them to their rightful owner.
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robinson also received this letter in the mail from the auction house asking her to send a police report so they could return the items. we called them with robinson, who was informed they apparently had not one but two of her letters. >> oh my god. >> reporter: confirming her fear that more items had been stolen than she initially thought. the auction house told robinson they paid a reputable and d well-known company big bucks for the letters. >> she said in the thousands of dollars. she said "too much." >> reporter: while she's glad this auction house tracked her down and is promising to return the items robinson still wants to find out who took them from her. >> obviously whoever did it at the time didn't care about my feelings or what was personal to me, they were out to profit from it. >> that's so cool she got them back. that's so good. a piece of history there, man. >> it is stolen property, those love letters. also embarrassing. you know what you write when you're in high school, it's not exactly good journalism. >> shakespearean, no, it is not.
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for the record, michael jordan went to what college, do you know? >> north carolina. >> my alma mater, thank you very much.
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